Oil Spill Project

The Task

             Today, we received word of an oil tank that sunk in the waters off our coast. As a result, tons of crude oil have spilled into the ocean. You have been summoned to quickly investigate this oil spill and put together the amount of area affected by the spill and report of analysis and findings to the government researchers. Since the government needs a good approximation of the area affected by the spill, use your knowledge of polygon areas to help you piece together your findings. Clearly mark your map and show your work as to how you come up with the total area of the oil spill. You ill also be summoned to appear in person as a team to present and justify your results. Good luck!

How I Approached the Problem

            I divided the area that had the oil in it, into separate groups of different shapes. The shapes were either squares, triangles, or circles. After I was dividing them into shapes, I went back and numbered each one. After that, I started from the first shape and measured it. If it was a square, I would multiply it's base by its height. If it was a triangle, I would multiply its base by its height, then divide that by 2. If it were a circle, I would find it's diameter, divide it by 2 to get the radius, then multiply the radius by itself then multiply that by pi. For every problem though, I would multiply them by 225 (15 x 15), which would get me the actual area in miles. After I found the area for each shape, I added them all up and got the final area.


  1. 1170 miles squared
  2. 363.375 miles squared
  3. 2709 miles squared
  4. 1350 miles squared
  5. 1881 miles squared
  6. 576 miles squared
  7. 1808.64 miles squared
  8. 11434.5 miles squared
  9. 675 miles squared
  10. 4410 miles squared
  11. 270 miles squared
  12. 567 miles squared
  13. 360 miles squared
  14. 450 miles squared
  15. 253.125 miles squared
  16. 535.5 miles squared
  17. 337.5 miles squared
  18. 569.25
  19. 1800 miles squared


31519.89 miles squared


Question 1: Taking a second look at your sectioned polygons from your map, do you think your area is an exact measure of the space affected by the spill?

Answer 1: I do not think that my area is an exact measure of the space. (I don't understand this question)

Question 2: How accurate do you think your polygons compare to the actual spill area? Do you expect your answer to be more or less than the actual spill area?

Answer 2: Honestly, I think my answer is not as accurate as it could possibly be. I expect my answer to be more than the actual spill area because I did use the measurements from the bigger edges.